DEVELOPMENT OF A GASOLINE-FIRED THERMIONIC POWER SUPPLY
Final rept. Nov 1961-Jul 1966
THERMO ELECTRON CORP WALTHAM MA
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The report summarizes the work performed to develop a gasoline-fired thermionic power supply. The work is divided into three phases 1 The development of a gasoline burner capable of providing the high temperatures and high heat fluxes required by the thermionic converters. 2 The development of a thermionic converter with the required power output, efficiency, weight and life. 3 The design of a power supply utilizing the above two components and including power conditioning, controls and packaging. The development of suitable oxidation protection for the converters refractory-metal emitter is described, as well as the experimental evaluation of a variety of materials under conditions simulating a flame-heated thermionic converter. The development work on a flame-heated thermionic converter culminated in the recently completed Series VI-S Converter. The design, construction, and test of the potassium heat pipe used for collector cooling are also described. Test data is given, and a system design is presented.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution